Layshia Clarendon, Hope Solo and more support #MeToo movement against sexual harassment

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On Sunday, S.T.A.R.is hosting a "Me, Too" event where men and women are encouraged to share their stories and offer support to friends, family, and neighbors.

"It's not about a viral campaign for me", she told CNN on Tuesday.

Numerous posts focus on harassment in the workplace, following backlash against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, who faces a growing list of allegations from women he's worked with. "What is surprising is how people are surprised by the numbers".

"We do tend to see an uptick in calls when public awareness campaigns roll out", said Katharine Collier Esser, assistant director of research and training services at The Women's Center, which provides rape and counseling services in Fort Worth.

The company said that in less than 24 hours, 4.7 million people around the world have engaged in the "Me too" conversation, with more than 12 million posts, comments and reactions.

Rather, the #MeToo movement started more than 10 years ago with activist Tarana Burke, who was inspired by a scenario that occurred in 1996. The #MeToo meme is stripping the blinders away so that all men should be fully aware that the women they love and respect have likely had to endure some level of harassment or abuse - from unequal treatment or pay or all the way up to criminal assault.

She said the idea of something like this taking place on social media shows the power it has and the changing times. We must change things in general.

The "me too" movement began almost a decade ago. The hashtag, which received a lot of traction on social media, inspired men to share the actions they planned to take in response.

The revelations led to other women coming forward with similar stories.

"Yesterday and today, we found Facebook and Twitter full of the MeToo hashtag, which exposes the shocking number of women who have been subject to sexual harassment", began the Kolkata Police statement. When men were asked if they ever harassed females on the street, a stunning 64% of respondents in Egypt, the country where this is most prevalent, admitted to doing so.

They also promised to be "patient and kind" when hearing from women.

Although originally in response to Weinstein and the slew of similar sexual harassment reports now widespread across the news, #MeToo has quickly grown into a larger conversation, and it's a hard one.

Alyssa told Variety that the key focus behind this online movement is to highlight the number of women suffering sexual assaults and harassments.

Now she would like to see another movement - from men. But it brings in a much-needed breath of fresh air in a suffocating environment.

Parents need to understand that just because their daughter tells them about her first crush or her first kiss, it doesn't mean she will tell them about her first experience of being groped or pinned up against a wall against her will.

"The most important thing is to believe people".

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